U.S. Top Importer Of Lion Trophies
The United States is the largest importer of lion “trophy” kills, averaging 432 a year..
Between 1999 and 2013, about 5,763 wild-source lions just for hunting trophy purposes, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Hoping to cut those numbers, the group urged the federal government to list the lion on the endangered species list and, last October, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a rule to list the lions as threatened.
However, it included a loophole that would allow trophy hunters to bring home their kills from countries with lion management programs.